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CORD WRANGLING

CORD WRANGLING

I previously revealed the new built-ins in the living room and shown how our TV sits above the fireplace, but I failed to get into detail of how we got it up there and where are all the cords?! So… For components, we have a […]

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PETS

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PETS

This post is a departure from the usual home and renovation topics. But it’s what’s on my mind today, and really, a lot of days lately. Yesterday after Thora and Mike left for their tri-weekly trip to the YMCA, I spent the morning cleaning cat […]

AN OLD-FASHION WEED PULL

AN OLD-FASHION WEED PULL

This past weekend, I found myself in the rare position of not having to work. Any other freelancers out there, particularly those with kids and no nanny budget, know what I’m talking about. Usually, weekends do not exist. Neither do evenings or early mornings, but […]

CATCHING UP » THE LIVING ROOM

CATCHING UP » THE LIVING ROOM

The living room has come a long way. Not all the way to completion mind you, oh no, not ever. But certainly a far cry from when I first laid eyes on it. We started here: Looking at this picture is surreal. We were so […]

I SEE A RED DOOR

I SEE A RED DOOR

Well actually, it was more of a salmon color, and dirty white. But you get the idea. I wanted to paint it black. So I did. Oh my goodness, isn’t that SO much better? It’s down right rich. An instant upgrade to a sad, old […]

CATCHING UP » THE FOYER

CATCHING UP » THE FOYER

Does this look like a problem to you? I mean, you can see across the street in that reflection! Sigh, that is some serious draft taking place. And the first stop on my most-recent entryway to-do list. All the doors in our house were trimmed […]

THORA’S 2ND BIRTHDAY » RAINBOWS AND PINWHEELS

THORA’S 2ND BIRTHDAY » RAINBOWS AND PINWHEELS

Last week this little family packed up all of their essentials and hopped on a plane to Chicago. We were on a mission to celebrate! To see family that we’ve missed ever so. And friends too, beloved long-time friends, the kind of friends you grew […]

THE TRIDENT MAPLE BLOOMS!

THE TRIDENT MAPLE BLOOMS!

What is this, two posts in one day? I couldn’t help myself because Spring has sprung! Look what done popped up on our new Trident Maple out front of the house? All that recommended watering (five gallons a week) has paid off. And along with […]

THORA’S 1ST BIRTHDAY » YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE

THORA’S 1ST BIRTHDAY » YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE

This past weekend was Thora’s second birthday and in light of such a milestone, I started going through old photos. I pulled up pics from her first birthday party, all graciously shot by our dear friend and amazing photographer Aubrie Pick, and am blown away. […]

KNOB SWAP

KNOB SWAP

I have a vanity, well first my mom had a vanity, then it was mine, and actually it isn’t mine anymore. Thora has a vanity. This vanity is well-loved and has seen many facelifts in its lifetime. It was built by the Rockford Standard Furniture […]